The Homestudy

The Homestudy is the first step to adopting a child and anyone who is hoping to adopt must have a completed and up to date homestudy.  Most people are intimidated by the homestudy process, however, it should be an educational process rather than a frightening one.  During the homestudy process you should be able to ask and have answered the questions you have regarding adoption. Additionally, because of the change in homestudy requirements most states and many agencies will no longer accept a homestudy that has not been completed by a licensed agency; Your Adoptive Family is a fully licensed non-profit adoption agency.  It is essential that you check with your agency regarding their specific homestudy requirements.

The social workers at Your Adoptive Family have over eighteen years of experience writing homestudies.  The social worker who will be assigned to complete your homestudy is also an adoptive parent and understands what you are experiencing.  We at Your Adoptive Family hope to be able to help you begin your adoption journey with a homestudy that not only satisfies State and agency requirements but that is also educational and supportive.

If you are considering adopting a child of a race, ethnicity or culture that is different from your own, please go to: www.pactadopt.org and read their resources on trans-racial adoption and watch their video: ” Considering Trans-racial Adoption: 4 questions to ask yourself”. Also visit Angela Tuckers website: www.theadoptedlife.com.

Please do your research prior to completing the application for in the words of Angela Tucker, ”  I was keenly aware that I did not quite belong. Because to belong meant that I could find products for my coarse afro-textured hair at a local store, makeup would be available in my skin color and I wouldn’t be petted on a weekly basis by curious citizens who wondered what my hair felt like. To belong meant I’d need to be white.”

It is essential that you fully understand what it means to parent a child of a different race, ethnicity and/or culture before bringing that child into your home.

Your Adoptive Family is collaborating with PACT-an adoption alliance to provide required (WAC 388-147-1725) training webinars for all homestudy families.

Prior to beginning the homestudy process, every homestudy family is required to attend at least one webinar about Open Adoption and every family who is considering trans-racial adoption is required to attend at least two webinars about trans-racial adoption and are strongly encouraged to participate in Pact’s BCAC-Building Communities Across Cultures Program.

Here is a link to the required webinars: https://store.pactadopt.org/TransracialAdoptionEd4YAF.html.

The first step in beginning your adoption journey is to complete our application:  YAF Application for Adoption Services

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